Whether you already live here in Key West, Florida, or you are planning a trip here, or if you’re about to move here, these are some of the BEST restaurants and places to eat in Key West, Florida!
Tavern N Town, at 3841 North Roosevelt Boulevard just off the Grand Lobby of the beautiful Marriott Beachside Hotel, has many spectacular choices that range from steakhouse favorites to the incomparable seafood bounty that has brought numerous visitors to Key West for several generations.
What’s more, they welcome you and your guests to sit directly in front of their Tapas Theater Kitchen, where you can watch a fascinating show as their brilliant chefs embellish international favorites with the unique flavors of Old Key West.
Tavern N Town restaurant is fast becoming one of Key West’s most popular attractions. Here luxury surroundings and the simple pleasures of life come together in perfect harmony. And here you will find as many reasons to linger as there are tempting items on their inspired menu.
For more info: www.tavernntown.com
One Duval, at The Pier House Resort & Spa, 1 Duval Street, a magnificent place to stay, which sets right on The Gulf of Mexico, and this wonderful resort features a truly superb restaurant that you’ll love!
Be sure to indulge yourself in a delightful culinary treat at this awesome restaurant, featuring fresh, organic, local and farm-raised fare, which reflects Chef Maria’s inspired vision for a culinary adventure with waterfront views.
Tucked into an intimate and romantic space overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico waters, diners of One Duval can experience an exquisitely designed menu reflecting fresh flavors of the season. For more information: www.pierhouse.com
Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant, at 926 Simonton Street, is a superb full-service restaurant that features award winning desserts, unique chocolate covered wines, and an intimate atmosphere to help couples, or just a few friends, connect in a sometimes disconnected world. All animals have sex but humans have something that may be better, the love for each other that endears warm and intimate moments.
It is the mission of this unique and popular restaurant to help inspire you to create more of those moments through decadent desserts and their passion to serve you. They’re open 6PM until midnight except on Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, this adults only restaurant is an experience you won’t want to miss! It will change your life expectancy!
For more information: www.betterthansexdesserts.com
Louie’s Backyard, at 700 Waddell Avenue, (mentioned in a live version of a popular Jimmy Buffet song) is housed in an oceanfront Victorian house, and this Caribbean-American restaurant has been a local favorite for more than three decades.
The airy dining room of Louie’s Backyard is designed with white tablecloths and wood-shuttered windows, although guests often prefer to dine outside on the multilevel deck overlooking the Old Bahama Channel.
Using locally caught seafood and produce grown specifically for Louie’s by Island Farms, longstanding chef Doug Shook creates fresh, seasonal (and pricey) dishes like Bahamian conch chowder and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi sweet soy. Upstairs, the wine bar provides panoramic ocean views and a more affordable menu of small plates.
For more information: www.louiesbackyard.com
Prime Steakhouse, at 951 Caroline Street, is yet another superb destination for a memorable dining experience! Since opening in 2005, PRIME has quickly become the premier steakhouse in the Florida Keys. Impeccably prepared prime beef is the star at PRIME, cooked to perfection in ovens nearing 1,000 degrees.
Under the supervision of the executive chef, there’s more to Prime than just great steaks! Locally caught lobster tails, daily fresh fish specials from Key West fishermen, a nightly pasta special, or whole yellowtail snapper, deep fried and cleverly seasoned are just a few of the treats that await the non-carnivores.
Chef Kim Quach has been pleasing palettes in the keys for over ten years and has brought his creativity and passion to PRIME. Jumbo lump crab cakes, carpaccio of filet mignon, or garlicky escargot are just a few starters that locals rave about. And don’t forget the Truffled Mac and Cheese, PRIME’S signature side.
For more info: www.primekeywest.com
Latitudes, at 245 Front Street at the Sunset Key Cottages, is another gem in the list of Key West Restaurants! Tucked away on an exclusive 27-acre island just 500 yards off Key West, Sunset Key Cottages embodies the relaxed luxury of island living. (A ferry will take you there) Bougainvillea-laced cottages, exquisite waterfront dining, and exclusive resort activities abound as guests enjoy the intimacy of a true tropical island getaway.
Latitude’s Restaurant was named the #1 Best Overall Restaurant in Key West by OpenTable in 2016, and one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2017. More recently, the restaurant was just voted as OpenTable’s Best Scenic Restaurants in America.
Sunset Key Cottage’s signature restaurant, Latitudes, serves a fresh, flavorful island cuisine with free ocean breezes and gorgeous views of the Gulf of Mexico. A delicious, ever-evolving “work of art” menu incorporates locally sourced fresh fish and tropical fruit, and cuisine is based on what is in-season and includes daily fresh catch.
Luxuriate while dining in the Ernest Hemingway Room, where photos of authors, fishermen, and former Key West residents adorn the walls. Or dine al fresco overlooking the Gulf of Mexico where tiki torches illuminate the night sky magnifying the glorious Key West sunsets. Dining here is an unforgettable experience!
For more info: www.sunsetkeycottages.com
Cuban Coffee Queen, with two locations to serve you at 284 Margaret Street (Original Waterfront Location) OR 5 Key Lime Square (Downtown Location at the corner of Southard and Duval) is not to be missed! You’ve heard the phrase “Good things come in small packages” and although this is a tiny place, the experience is gigantic! They have amazing coffees, pastries, sandwiches, and other delicious treats, and you owe it to yourself to experience a breakfast, lunch, or daytime snack at this wonderful and iconic Key West eatery.
Open daily until 7PM. Original location opens daily at 6:30AM for pick-up only, and the Downtown location opens at 7AM for pick-up, dine-in, or delivery. Yes, you can even get a single cup of their amazing coffee delivered!
For more info: www.cubancoffeequeen.com
Caroline’s Café, at 310 Duval Street, is this writer’s personal favorite, with delightful outdoor seating, a full bar, the ability to watch the passersby on Duval Street, and a magnificent and varied menu. The Rev. Joe Burger is probably the best burger on the island! (This writer LOVES that burger!)
They have delicious food, reasonable prices, and outstanding service. The general manager, Robert, keeps the staff on their toes, and you receive top rated service. They just might have the very best hamburger on the island, as well as fabulous Key Lime Pie!
Caroline’s is open for lunch and dinner every day of the year, from 11AM until 11:30PM, and you won’t be disappointed. They also have free delivery throughout Old Town.
For more information: carolinescafe.com
These and many other great restaurant listings courtesy of Darrin at Key West Luxury Real Estate Inc.